Queensland’s Gold Coast is best known for its beaches but there is plenty more natural beauty to discover here.
The Gold Coast has some stunning national parks, from the dramatic coastline hugging Burleigh National Park to the cool rainforest walks of Tamborine Mountain and thousands of glowworms at Springbrook. It’s the ideal spot to immerse yourself in nature as you walk the Scenic Rim. Along what is arguably the most famous stretch of sand in Queensland, take time to discover how different each beachside neighborhood is and how the frenetic energy of Surfers Paradise is a far cry from the old-school vibe at Rainbow Bay. The Gold Coast in Australia is the perfect spot for an Intrepid small group tour that shows you the many different sides of this popular tourist destination.
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Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards
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Gold Coast International Airport is located 20km south of Surfers Paradise. Brisbane is the closest capital city to the Gold Coast. Driving from here to the northern (and the closest) end of the Gold Coast takes around an hour. Trains from Brisbane will take you to Helensvale station. From here, the G:link tram takes you as far south as Broadbeach. Long distance buses travelling up and down the east coast of Australia also stop at the Gold Coast.
Both the capital city of Brisbane and the glitzy Gold Coast are popular destinations for travellers looking for a nice, sunny holiday, and if you want to travel between the two, it's extremely easy. There are several transportation options to get you from Brisbane to the Gold Coast including self-driving, flying, and catching various modes of public transport.
It's possible to get around the Gold Coast by catching a public bus, shuttle bus, taxi, or an Uber or hiring a car. Driving is the easiest way to get around but it can take a while due to traffic and the number of traffic lights. The G:link tram travels from Helensvale as far south as Broadbeach. Surfside Buslines also travel throughout the Gold Coast and will take you pretty much anywhere you need to go along the coast. If you want to visit the Gold Coast hinterland, you'll need to hire a car or join a small group tour.
Late spring, summer, and early autumn are perfect for hitting the beach. Winter offers clear blue days, crisp evenings, and accommodation bargains galore. If you don't want to share your holiday with recently finished high schoolers, avoid travelling to the Gold Coast from mid-November to early-December. Accommodation prices skyrocket during this time and the city becomes extremely busy.
The Gold Coast is a laid back destination and smart casual is the most common style of dress for a night out unless you are planning on hitting the clubs at Surfers Paradise. The Gold Coast is pleasantly warm throughout the year, although it can get cool in the evening so bring a lightweight sweater just in case. If you're heading to the Gold Coast hinterland, it's worth noting that temperatures are significantly cooler here compared to what you'll experience at the beach throughout the year. Bring swimwear as you may like to go swimming, even in winter. Sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat are a must as the Gold Coast is famous for its sunny weather.
The Gold Coast is a major tourist destination which means the internet coverage tends to be excellent. The only exception to this is the Gold Coast hinterland where it is not uncommon to experience a lack of signal now and again in some sections of the national parks.
The Gold Coast is a major tourist destination which means the mobile phone coverage tends to be excellent. The only exception to this is the Gold Coast hinterland where it is not uncommon to experience a lack of signal now and again in some sections of the national parks.
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